Thursday, February 17, 2011

Adopting a Rescue Ghost + Giveaway by JL Bryan

Adopting a Rescue Ghost

So you’re thinking about opening your home to a new family member.  A ghost can seem like a great idea, but there’s plenty to consider before making your choice.  While adopting a ghost can be one of the most rewarding decisions you can make, it also comes with a lot of responsibility.  Ask yourself some of these questions before adopting a ghost:

Do I Have Time to Take Care of a Ghost?

There’s a big time commitment in ghost adoption.  Ghosts never die, so after you bring one into your home, you are responsible for its care for the rest of your life.  Depending on your age, health and luck, this can be a significant amount of time.

At minimum, a ghost will need your attention on major holidays and full moons.  Some ghosts will even throw a tantrum every night, if you don’t work hard to keep them calm.

Is My Home Ghost-Ready?

Ghosts are known for toppling paintings from walls and dishes from high shelves, as well as opening and slamming doors of every kind.  Before bringing your ghost home, you’ll want to install those child-safety things that make it borderline impossible to open your cabinet doors.  Make sure any shatter-prone objects are kept away from high shelves, or anchor them with sturdy double-sided tape.

Some believe that ghosts can be confused by too many mirrors or asymmetrical, winding corridors with lots of doorways.  Also, check to make sure you have plenty of dark, dank places where your ghost can feel at home.

Does My Lifestyle Have Room for a Ghost?

If you’re one of those go-go types who rush from the office to the gym to the pretentious cocktail party, before hopping a plane to vacation in an obscure South American paradise with only a brief stop at a Johannesburg nightclub, ask yourself if you really have room in your life for a ghost.  Ghosts like having someone around to haunt.  Ghosts left alone for long stretches of time can grow sad, restless, demonic and murderous.  Ask yourself whether you have time to give your ghost the attention it needs.

Do I Already Have a Ghost?

If you already have at least one ghost in your home, consider the temperament of your existing ghost(s).  Do they play well with others?  Are they territorial?  Some ghosts want to be the center of attention and will harbor resentment for a young, excitable new ghost.

If you decide to adopt an additional ghost, try introducing your old ghost(s) to the new ghost in some neutral territory, such as an off-chain ghost park (also known as a cemetery) before bringing the new ghost home.
Is My Family Ready for a Ghost?

Talk over the important decision of ghost adoption with your spouse, children or roommates (or all three) and be sure everyone is ready for a share of the responsibility.  Your ghost will end up haunting the entire household at some time or another, especially whenever one of them is home alone late at night during a thunderstorm and the electricity goes out. 

What Kind of Ghost is Right for Me?

There are many considerations when picking out a ghost.  If you have children, you may be tempted to adopt a child ghost as a playmate.  However, child ghosts have a long history of driving live children to commit horrible acts.  Be safe and pick a nice grandmotherly ghost instead.  She may not be as cute and glamorous as a young ghost, but you’ll appreciate the free babysitting. 

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a ghost that can help with the housework, consider adopting a poltergeist.  They require a lot of training, but they have tremendous spirit.

Where Should I Adopt?

That ghost store at the mall may have cute and appealing little ghosts in the window, with big black eyes that make you ache for an impulse buying decision, but you shouldn’t get your ghost there.  Those stores are often supplied by horrific “ghost mills” that churn out ghosts in large number, trapping them in filthy little cages stacked on top of each other.  Ghosts from these mills can have severely diseased ectoplasm and a number of behavioral and emotional disorders. 

Instead, contact your local ghost rescue group.  These groups provide foster care for wayward ghosts until the ghosts find their forever home.

We hope these tips have helped guide you in your decision about ghost adoption.  If you have any questions or comments regarding your upcoming ghost adoption, please leave them in the comments below.

Commenting within seven days enters you for The Haunted E-book Tour Grand Prizes, including The Haunted Library and a Kindle (or two!). 
Your comment also enters you to win a pair of ebooks from Greyz (The Haunted E-book and Dark Tomorrows) according to her usual giveaway rules.

Thanks for following the tour!

J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on the English Renaissance and the Romantic period.  He also studied screenwriting at UCLA.  He is the author of five novels and one short-story collection.  He enjoys remixing elements of paranormal, supernatural, fantasy, horror and science fiction into new kinds of stories.  His new novel is The Haunted E-book.  The sequel to his novel Jenny Pox will be available by summer 2011. 


  1. Very funny loved the help with housework poltergeist.

    Julia Scott

  2. Interesting. Who knew there was so many factors when it comes to adopting a ghost.

  3. "off chain ghost park" ... Nice.

    I've already snagged myself copies of The Haunted E-Book and Dark Tomorrows, so I'd good on that front. Just thought I'd comment that a poltergeist for housework would be sooo convenient. If they're good with vacuuming, all the better.

  4. Who would have thought you could adopt a ghost I always thought they were just there. I'm not sure I would adopt one as I'm hardly ever home and I have a lot of breakables that would really tick me off if they were broken. I don't have a pet because I'm hardly ever home and I don't think it would be fair to them as they need attention so I guess a ghost would be out for the sme reason.

    I filled out your form using the email address belinda(dot)wolf-whitaker@va(dot)gov but I'm a follower under the gmail account bkwolf(dot)whitaker@gmail(dot)com

  5. So what would happen if you wanted to adopt a ghost animal? I'd sure love a ghostly cat that I would never have to feed or change the litter box :D

    hense1kk at cmich dot edu

  6. I think I would be a great ghost host. But my ghost would have to be the quiet hovering type so as not to interfere with my long hours of reading.

  7. I would get one of those poltergeists that are good with the housework. I don't want the kind from the Tobe Hooper movie. I'd prefer one that doesn't mind dog and cat poop. My primary needs are cleaning up dog and cat poop. No face peeling or TV possessing or house crushing needed.

  8. How about a ghost that could accompany me on travels? They shouldn't all be tied up to only one place? A ghost bodyguard could sometimes be convenient... and then the ghost would not feel lost and left when I go for trips.
    We know about the one that tied up to a lamp, how about using a lighter?


I love comments. Leave some love and I'll get back to you soon lovelies. <3